Gary Cantue, Vice Chairman

Gary Cantue, CommissionerGary Cantue

Gary Cantue attended school in the Beaumont Independent School District, graduating from Charlton Pollard High School in 1973. He attended Lamar University in Beaumont, Texas majoring in Electrical Engineering.

Out of school, he was employed by the Chevron Refinery (Gulf Oil) in Port Arthur, Texas where he worked for 17 years. He acknowledges that,
'I was blessed to retire in June 1992 to continue my full-time Pastoral calling."

In January '77, he received his Minister's license under the Pastor Walter Maxson, and a couple of years later in May of '79, he received his diploma in Pastoral Theology from the Charles Harrison Mason Systems of Bible Colleges and was ordained an Elder in June of the same year. In October 1981, he was appointed Pastor of the Maxson Memorial Church Of God In Christ (COGIC) and in May 1987, he received his Bachelor of Arts in Pastoral Theology from the C.H. Mason Systems of Bible Colleges.

In June 1991, he was appointed Superintendent of the Texas Southeast First Ecclesiastical Jurisdiction (Beaumont Northern District) and he has also served as co-coordinator of the C.H. Mason Bible Colleges (Beaumont, TX) campus for seven years. In addition, he was elected Sergeant-at-Arms for Jurisdictional Assemblies and was appointed Regional Superintendent under the late Bishop R.E. Woodard, Jr. In 1999, he received his Counseling Certification from the Therapon Institute. In 2004, he was appointed by the Honorable Bishop Rufus Kyles, Jr., as the Administrative Assistant of Education in Texas Southeast First Jurisdiction.

Cantue happily married Cookie Jane (Harper) Cantue of Port Arthur, Texas in May 1997.

Cantue's community commitments includes: Chaplin of Citizens United of Academic Excellence Committee, co-chair of Southeast Texas Organizing Committee, Secretary of One Church One Child of Southeast Texas, Community Liaison of Ministerial Brotherhood Alliance, member of the North Beaumont Community Committee and President of Parkwood Townhomes Association.